Notes on Music and Dance (1973)

Steve Reich

in Writings on Music 1965–2000

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195151152
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850044 | DOI:
Notes on Music and Dance (1973)

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This chapter presents Reich's thoughts about music and dance. He says that for a long time during the 1960s, one would go to the dance concert where nobody danced, followed by the party where everybody danced. This was not a healthy situation. Using rock and roll in a dance concert is not the answer, although it would probably be (and actually was) the first superficial answer one might come up with. The real answer is to create a genuinely new dance with roots that go back thousands of years to the basic impulse at the foundation of all dance: the human desire for regular rhythmic movement, usually done to music.

Keywords: parties; concerts; dance; rhythmic movement

Chapter.  914 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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